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Migrants to the Gulf Cooperation Countries: Values, Behaviors, and Plans

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigator:   Arland Thornton

The countries of the Gulf rely heavily on migrant workers for their economies. This large concentration of migrants raises many issues and implications for the host countries, including the need for infrastructure, recruitment, population turnover, security, and long-run population composition. There are also issues concerning the functioning of the economy, including the flow of remittances to other countries. Also relevant are the behavior, plans, and values of the migrants and their influence on Gulf populations. These issues are relevant now and may become even more pertinent in the future. Yet scholars and policy makers know very little about these migrants and their attributes. Our project will provide insights into many of these issues by studying migrants to the Gulf and how they influence their host countries. The proposed project will focus on five dimensions of migration: 1) migrant values and behavior; 2) migrant spending, saving, and remittances; 3) migrant plans concerning their departures from the Gulf; 4) comparisons of migrants and their influences in the different Gulf countries; and 5) comparison of migrants to the Gulf with their counterparts who did not migrate. We propose to collect, analyze, and report data concerning the migration behavior and impacts of Nepali migrants to the Gulf countries. We will randomly select 500 Nepali migrants to the Gulf from a list of Nepali migrants generated by a survey of representative households currently being conducted in Nepal with other funding. We will collect, analyze, and report data from these Gulf migrants.

Funding Period: 07/01/2009 to 06/30/2011

Countries of Focus: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE

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